HOT FLASHES are driving me CrAaAZzzY

  1. I have no one to ask these things since my mother is deceased, as are all the other older females in my family.

    About a month ago I started having hot flashes. At least 20 per day. Most of them during the time I am trying to sleep (approx. 1 every hour to hour and a half). Needless to say, I don't get much sleep lately. At first, I thought the intensity and frequency has something to do with the amount of stress I have been under. Now, I'm not so sure about that. Everything I researched on the net points to me getting hit hard with the sxs. I started taking soy supplements and it seems to have diminished the duration, frequency and intensity; but, I still get quite a few per day & night.

    I'm getting tempted to carry a rolling ice cooler around with me wherever I go and slap on the ice whenever that tingely thing in the hands and feet forewarns me of the pending wave of heat and sweat. BTW, what is that with the tingling?

    I am not comfortable with the idea of having to resort to hormone replacement until I can quit smoking (I'm trying hard, but not totally successful yet);so, I am asking if anyone out there has any tips on how to manage through this. Does exercise, stress, etc make any difference, or do I just have to live with it (and for how long)?

    Of course, I'm not asking for medical advice-peri/menopause is a well covered topic. I'm just in need of some tips, tricks, sympathy, encouragement... things not available from the medical community. I start a new job in 2 weeks and really don't want to be known as the "tired, red-faced, sweaty nurse who lugs around that stupid ice cooler" if there is a way to avoid it.
  2. 6 Comments

  3. by   TazziRN
    Go to a health food store. Not the chain stores, the privately owned ones that look like an old pharmacy. They have more stuff. There are natural aides to hot flashes. I do not know if they work, but I know they have them. I took false unicorn root to try to get pregnant. I honestly don't know if that had anything to do with me getting pregnant, but the timing was co-inky-dental.
  4. by   VivaLasViejas
    You have my sympathies!!

    Personally, I've done much better with the hot flashes since I started taking a 1 mg Ativan QHS a few years ago..........I still have the darned things, but now I sleep right through 'em Seriously, that, plus an antidepressant, have kept me off hormones (which I never tolerated anyway) and evened out the wild and crazy mood swings I experienced early in this midlife adventure. I'm now to the point where I'm weaning myself off the pills and substituting a couple of melatonin tablets for sleep........I don't want to be on psychotropics forever. But it was either that or kill something---I was NOT a happy camper when I started perimenopause at 42.

    Anyway, there's always those cute little battery-powered fans you can buy for a couple of bucks at Target or Wal-Mart, and they now have these neat cloth neck rolls made with some sort of gel that you wet down and throw in the freezer for 15-30 minutes, and they keep you cool for hours. And even though you feel self-conscious when you get red and sweaty, try not to get too 'hot and bothered' happens to every woman who lives long enough, and everybody who's been through it (or seen a wife through it) will understand.
  5. by   CseMgr1
    I tried one of the OTC soy preparations when I was going through menopause and nothing else worked, including Prempro, which made me gain 15 pounds in one month and gave me acne for the first time in my life! I can't remember the exact name of the preparation, except that it was in a light green box and provided a 28-day supply. I don't think it was my imagination, but I definitely felt better while I was taking it.
  6. by   SmilingBluEyes
    I would seek care from a Nurse Midwife or Naturopath.
  7. by   CHATSDALE
    sympathy..i didn't have the hotflashes but i did have the mood swings which was like pms which i really suffered from aagghh
  8. by   oramar
    Only thing that helps me is red clover. Tried soy, black kohosh and few others and they did not work. I had to take several caps of red clover a day for it to be effective.